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https://plus.google.com/101081070191344650215 Bites of Oishii : Happy 40th Birthday Hello Kitty I travelled to Japan a few years ago and was instantly seduced. I was...
Happy 40th Birthday Hello Kitty
I travelled to Japan a few years ago and was instantly seduced. I was charmed by its courteous people, attention to visual design and clean, safe streets. However I also read about a nursing home attendant who deliberately broke her charges’ legs. I learnt about its violent, misogynistic hentai anime and unsavoury rorikon schoolgirl fetishes. Japan seemed composed of impenetrable layers of contradiction. Sweetness and light underpinned by dark currents.

How do you unravel an intricate kimono? You can start with Japan’s surface, covered in ubiquitous kawaii culture. 'Kawaii' means 'cute' and adorable graphics are everywhere, to my delight. The Queen of Kawaii is of course, their invention, Hello Kitty. I’m a fan, so imagine my joy when I stumbled on the Tokyo flagship store five minutes from my hotel! At around 8pm all the customers were adult women, mainly Japanese businesswomen. I floated through two pastel pink floors of merchandise heaven, a no-judgement zone spun from fairy floss.

Items ranged from small stickers and pens to golf clubs, snowboards and diamond jewellery. Hello Kitty can leap from kindergarten to high end fashion, entertainment and international relations. Designers clamour to work with her, Lady Gaga and Cameron Diaz have donned her in public and she was a United Nations UNICEF ambassador for children.  Don’t be fooled by the doughy shape and vacant expression; she is a sinuous economic tiger backed by a crack marketing team.
 
Hello Kitty rings in over $700 million annually with minimal advertising. She features on thousands of everyday products and her global army of devotees promote her every time she swings from a handbag or beams from a mobile phone. Her fame inspires cultish blogs with myriad photos. I’ve seen two bloggers post, “We are crazy, but we are harmless!” A defensive appeal against the stigma attached to adults coveting childish goods.
 
I have an understanding partner who humours my own habit but Kitty’s saccharine qualities can spark fear and derision. There’s a joke that men should be wary of women who own too many cats. My Kitty souvenirs are man-repelling totems, peppered throughout my home, on shelves or lurking in cupboards. If you date me, you may suffer humiliation, as a former boyfriend can attest. We were on holiday in Spain and it was my birthday. “I haven’t got you a present but today we can do whatever you want,” he said. So I made him go to the Hello Kitty shop.

Why do the Japanese embrace kawaii? Hello Kitty was created by the Sanrio company in 1974 and was an immediate hit with little girls. Kawaii consumerism grew alongside the affluent eighties bubble economy. Women caught Kitty fever. Perhaps cartoons offer a form of rebellion against social norms in a country known for rigid conformity, oppression of the individual and punishing school and work schedules. In 1970s England the punk movement exploded in bile and spittle.  In Japan, defiance was expressed as a polite refusal to grow up. Childhood represents fun and no responsibilities. Comforting images evoke warmth, personalise cold, hard technology and form emotional cocoons in tough urban environments.

Kitty’s popularity crossed easily into other Asian markets. 2000 was the year of the Hello Kitty Singapore riots. A toy promotion with McDonalds triggered queue-jumping, fist fights, threats to store managers and vandalism. Three people went to hospital for cuts from broken glass. The Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addressed the nation in a plea for calm. “Once in a while is alright, but we should not get too carried away. Even if you want the Kitty, there is no need to fight fiercely to try and get one (Straits Times, February 2000).” In Taiwan, women can book into a Hello Kitty hospital maternity ward. Branded décor including furniture, blankets and nurse uniforms are designed to create a soothing space to ease the stress of childbirth.

Sanrio also has headquarters in Europe, North and South America. In response to the 1990s recession, in 2002, the Japanese government developed the ‘Cool Japan’ campaign to export innovative, youth-focused commodities like manga, anime, videogames and kawaii around the globe. I imagine a giant Hello Kitty emerging from the ocean like a Godzilla plushie, plodding amiably to the nearest metropolis, tubby arms open in benevolence. Who can begrudge Sanrio’s spoils? They’re not a drug cartel; they deal in ‘Friendship and Happiness.’

Some people question why Kitty has no mouth and view her as a racist stereotype of a mute, submissive Japanese woman, but I disagree. I once thought my obsession might be an Asian affliction. Perhaps it signified repression or attachment issues. But as I see Western continents fall to Kitty I realise her power lies in her ability to tap into universal impulses. Her plump limbs and huge bobble-head mimic a toddler’s proportions. This cuddly squishiness simply begs for a hug. She elicits our nurturing instincts and this disarming charm is the key to her expanding empire. Internet users worldwide spend hours cooing over cat, dog or baby photos and videos. An online stroll through craft superstore Etsy reveals an overpopulated forest of owls and foxes. The kawaii craze is viral. Cute translates into cash in any language.
 
Kitty turns 40 this year and themed airplanes are flying from Taiwan to Paris and Singapore for the anniversary. Rule the skies, rule the world. The Japanese government wasn’t kidding when they promoted her as tourism official to Hong Kong and China in 2008.  Understanding kawaii is like peeling away just the thin outer skin of an onion but in one aspect, Japan doesn’t feel as foreign as it did before. Hello Kitty, ever the gracious host, helped forge this bridge for me. Happy birthday dear feline friend.


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Oct 25, 1968

“Happy 40th, MICKEY.” This was the title of an article that appeared in Life Magazine on this day in 1968. It told of Mickey’s successes in his first 40 decades, including “character roles in over 140 movies, as well as personal appearances on at least 5,000 different products, 400 funny-paper strips with a mass circulation of 48,000,000 and in books selling a total of 300,000,000 copies. He’s been immortalized in wax at Madame Tussaud’s.” The article continued to discuss Mickey Mouse watches and one fan’s particularly large and rare collection of Mickey memorabilia. The story concluded with the news the Mickey recently turned up in an unexpected locale. “We may never know what 300 Mickey Mouse sweatshirts — in small, medium and large sizes — were doing in an enemy cache uncovered last month near Hué. The North Vietnamese might have been testing a new secret weapon. Then again, it may only have been a trap.” (Get it? Mouse. Trap. Sorry folks, that was their pun, not ours.)

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